Welcome to the Wise Farm! I am Carol, mother of 2
wonderful girls, and married to a handsome and wonderful farmer, Tom. Our girls are Karen,
who is going to be 5 years old this week (January 20, 1999). She is an active,
independent, girl with lots of energy, a hard worker, loves animals and enjoys being
outside and helping Mom and Dad. Kaye Lynn will be 2 years old this May 2nd. It seems like
only yesterday she was born, but she is growing fast, loves to sleep, eat, talk and follow
her "big sister." She also loves to go outside and ride with her Dad in the
tractors, trucks, or combine. Her first words were "Daddy," and "Baa!"
Tom is a 34 years old, hard working, stubborn, independent
farmer. This is the only job he has ever had, or ever wanted to have since he was a little
boy. We farm with his parents, who live just across the highway. So any other job just
does not fit his personality. Tom has lived all of his life in this flat fertile farm
ground of Findlay, Ohio. If the Good Lord is willing we will farm here the rest of our
I am a 38 year old "country girl" at heart, and
waited patiently until I was 32 years old to marry the man of my dreams...a farmer! I was
raised on a small farm near Marion, Ohio, and was the 3rd of 6 children. My parents both
had farm backgrounds, as did Tom's parents. We had livestock in the barn as far back as I
can remember, and took what we raised as 4-H projects. Doing chores everyday, rain or
shine was part of our daily routine. Hard work was part of our daily lives. Feeding
animals and doing the jobs that came along with them (fun or not so fun) was top priority.
I remember as a kid, having being called out of my warm bed, by my parents, to go water
the sheep or hogs, or cows, and then being ask, "how would you like to go without
water for a day?" That was my job, and I had failed to do it correctly. To my
parents, it was never done completely until it was done correct! What a great lesson, and
what a great way to learn how to work! What a great place to raise a family and teach them
the valuable lessons of life! It was natural for me to want to raise my family on a farm,
and that is just what I am doing today, while loving every minute of it! I hope you enjoy
your 2 weeks visit on our farm. The lessons a person learns on a farm stay with you a life
We farm around 1500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and a few
acres of hay for our flock of purebred Hampshire show sheep. We have around 40 head of
breeding ewes. They will have lots of singles, twins, and sometimes triplets. Our main
income comes from the crops, while the sheep are a supplemental income. But it is growing
and we have worked hard to bring up the quality of sheep in the past years. We have just
started to sell sheep around the country, and it is mainly due to the web page that I
started a year ago. Today I am designing web sites for other people, and hope to continue.
This diary will include one week while we harvest the corn,
and beans in October of 1998, and another week of lambing in January 1999.
Here are the some of the qualities that a person must have
in order to be successful at farming. If any of them are missing or lacking in a farmer,
it will put him/her under and unemployed. (sink or swim)
The personality traits of a successful farmer would be: Hard
working, stubborn, patient, independent, loyal, dedicated, strong family man, faithful,
optimistic, confident, strong, relentless, persistent, a religious loving person.
Some of the job qualifications a successful farmer must be:
a self taught financial manager, crop specialist, machinery consultant, fertilizer &
chemical consultant, soil & environmental engineer, mechanic, machinery operator,
nutritionist, computer specialist, teacher, veterinary, stock broker, preacher,
husband/wife, and a mother/father!
There are many challenges in today's modern agriculture
industry. The top concerns facing us today are the low prices (below depression prices)
and sky rocketing high cost of our expenses. The lack of misunderstanding or education
about the farm, the environment, and the basic understanding of where our world's food
supply comes from. The ever growing urban sprawl that is eating away our precious farm
ground. I think it is great that you have a teacher that is doing a project like this!
What a great lesson it will be!
The following is taken from the PROGRESSIVE FARMER Magazine
a column written by Editor Jack Odle. After reading it, I was convinced more than
ever, that farm life is "quite simply-the best." I think you will agree.